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Aphrodite's Child


Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 258 ratings

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4 stars Hmmnhh... Flower power anybody?

'666' was a Vangelis concept and by the time they completed this recording no band member was talking to anyone.

Big huffs all around by the looks of things.

However, apparently this sold... and I've got sources here... 20 million copies!!! Crumbs almighty! It has to be good eh?

It certainly has a wide array of unorthodox instruments and certain moments of sheer beauty, for example 'Aegian Sea'. However the preceding track has some very gay sounding vocals by some guy named John Forst which gives me the 'heebie jeebies'. Maybe it's in the translation?

I'm probably being a bit hard on '666'. it's actually a very good, experimental and unusual album. Forget the fact that there's some a fat bloke in a tent in the form of Demis Roussos on bass looking like Jabba the Hutt. This is actually much better than I remembered.

'The Beast' is downright hilarious - sounding like an excerpt from an episode of 'The Goodies' sung by Bill Oddie. (English 70's sitcom for the uninitiated).

One thing's for sure - it's a loud album with everyone punching as hard as they can, which is always a good thing. '666' is goofy album which is light hearted with a serious undertone at the same time. Taking a few steps forward the track 'Infinity' turns this album upside down big style... What the??? A really mental vocal performance by Irene Papas makes this the strangest song on '666' and the track most talked about by reviewers.

'All The Seats Were Occupied' - the longest track, raises this to four stars due to the sheer bonkers craziness that occurs. It's wacky and downright strange and full of acid fueled instrumentalism..

My kind of music.

It's a pity Aphrodite's Child split after this as they could have produced some really wonderful music as evidenced by this album.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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